Stephanie and Shane McMahon kicked off SmackDown LIVE to oversee the contract signing between WWE Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston for their title match at WWE Fastlane … or, at least we thought. After bounding to the ring with The New Day, Kofi spoke passionately about his 11-year journey to his first-ever one-on-one WWE Championship opportunity, touched on the overwhelming support from the WWE Universe and vowed to take the WWE Title from Bryan at WWE Fastlane.
However, after Kofi was about to sign the dotted line, Mr. McMahon arrived and thanked Kofi for his contributions, but he told The Dreadlocked Dynamo that he was being replaced at WWE Fastlane with a Superstar who was “bigger box office” and “more deserving” — Kevin Owens. Big E and Xavier Woods were livid, Kofi was in shock and a stone-faced Owens simply walked to the ring, signed the contract and stared down the smirking WWE Champion.
We’re living life in the Fastlane, alright.